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TOMORROW’S CLEANING FEBRUARY 10
Don’t be afraid of heights
HEALTH AND SAFETY IS DEFINITELY A HIGH PRIORITY. BETTER UNDERSTANDING
OF TODAY’S POWERED ACCESS PLATFORMS WILL REAP REWARDS WHEN YOU
NEED TO GET OFF THE GROUND TO CLEAN. STEVE HADFIELD, MD OF RANGER
EQUIPMENT, EXPLORES SOME OF THE ISSUES.
To efficiently clean an area, you have to Teupen, for example, has made sure that, while to negotiate obstacles and difficult space,
consider the highs and the lows, but how can its high specification Leo tracked spiderlifts push such as atriums and shopping mall interiors.
you ensure you are safe at a great height? I
boundaries in terms of capabilities, they are also
Can they damage the floor?
think all of us have looked at a rickety ladder
as straightforward to operate as possible.
Cleaning contractors do not want to risk
and uttered an audible gulp at the thought of
Platforms used for cleaning are often on short
damaging high value tiles or built-up floors,
climbing ‘way up there.’ Luckily there are other
one or two day hire. Personnel need to get to
by using platforms that exceed load criteria.
options for when working at height that will
grips with them quickly so they can complete Quite often, the client will refuse the use of
leave you feeling safe and secure.
jobs to schedule. Machine functions and machines that simply look ‘too heavy’ for high
Thanks to the modern powered platform,
features, however sophisticated, should be value terrazzo, marble or tiled floors. The
cleaning at height has never been safer,
distilled in simple, foolproof controls. problem is easily solved by checking the
allowing us to reach remote nooks and Teupen spiderlifts, with models from 13m to
platform specification for the surface and
crannies previously consigned to collecting 50m working height, all feature easy-to-use,
concentrated loads it imposes, and consulting
dust, dirt and grime. intuitive controls that give precise, fine
the client on the load limits of flooring.
With their load-dispersing, non-marking
Although they have greatly reduced the risks of
positioning. The control box is simple and
clearly laid out, uncluttered with multiple tracked chassis, Teupen spiderlifts exert the
working at height, and improved cleaning
levers, settings and switches to confuse the
lowest surface loads of any MEWP of their
productivity, today’s scissors and boom lifts
user. Operatives quickly feel confident using
size. They all come within the 5kN/m2
have advanced to such a level of
the platforms’ dynamic aerial capabilities,
maximum design load for interior flooring
sophistication that they can often leave users
which include class-leading outreach, platform
used in current architectural design.
feeling over-awed. The fear factor is no longer
capacity and working height relative to their low
about working at height but about mastering
Additionally, broad bearing pads on the Leo’s
weight and compact stabiliser footprint.
the platform technology.
four spider-like stabiliser legs ensure that ground
Operatives have excellent manoeuvrability and
bearing pressure is safely diffused. This avoids
User-friendly
freedom of movement at their fingertips, gained
the concentrated loads of wheeled platforms that
The good news is that some of the most
from the unusual combination of articulated and
can lead to cracked or chipped tiles.
technically advanced platforms distinguish telescopic booms, a feature of most Leo
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themselves not just by being more versatile models. The larger machines (Leo 23 and
and manoeuvrable, but also by being some of above) have 180 degree basket rotation with
the most user-friendly. corner pivot design, giving extra fine positioning
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